The quality of training and the variation of work from everyday Maintenance, OHL re-builds, Switchgear Changes to Fault working.
I cover a varied role within our team. This year I’m currently running the maintenance program but also get involved with D Pole Changes, Switchgear Changes, some HV New Business schemes and Fault Work. I currently cover standby 1 in 8 but also receive calls on T60 when a HV fault occurs. As a technician I have to cover the fault desk for 1 week in six.
I used to work in this industry contracting but moved to WPD in 2012. The best thing about moving to Western Power for me is being able to progress my authorization and work on Faults which can be very challenging. You get a lot of job satisfaction when you get customers supplies back on, especially when it’s followed by customers being extremely grateful and recognizing how hard our job can sometimes be in some very extreme conditions.
WPD has a great culture; staff have a good attitude to look after each other which is really important as our business can be very challenging and sometimes dangerous. Work colleges are very supportive and would always help and give advice if available even out of hours. It is a great place to learn and grow.
To be successful within the company you need to be willing to put the time and effort in. Western Power will give you the opportunities to achieve but you must volunteer your time in and out of hours to gain the experience.
WPD have a very good training programme and are very keen to develop their staff. No one is blocked from progressing their career and are able to apply for any job opportunities within the business. Western Power has been very supportive to me and believed in me.
My biggest achievement to date was becoming a Senior Authorised Person.
I would recommend applying for a job at Western Power Distribution. Many doors can be opened for someone who has the desire to achieve a career in this industry. You won’t be held back and the support is very good.